It did not take very long for the city of Edmonton to lift a combat sports ban that was put into effect less than three months ago.
Global News (Canada) is reporting that the city of Edmonton lifted the combat sports ban after a vote by the city council this past Tuesday (2/27).
The ban was initially put in place after the death of UFC veteran Tim Hague, who passed away due to injuries sustained in a professional boxing match. Hague was dropped three times by Adam Braidwood in the opening round of the encounter, but the referee let him continue anyway and Hague would be violently knocked out in the second round.
Hague would reportedly suffer a seizure a short time later and would get transported to a local hospital, where he would pass away a short time later.
Edmonton mayor Don Iveson believes the recent implementations for combat sports made by the city will make things safer for all involved.
“We’ve made substantial progress to implement the recommendations from the independent review after Mr. Hague’s death,” Iveson said. “Council obviously felt confident to be able to remove the moratorium and allow the industry to recommence in a safer fashion.”
Despite the ban now being lifted, no combat sports events have yet to be announced in the city.